Investigative Forensics Conference to Be Held at DeSales, 9/19

by Tom McNamara | Sep 08, 2014

The DeSales University master of arts in criminal justice (MACJ) program and the David M. Petzold Digital Forensics Laboratory at DeSales University is holding a one-day conference on Friday, September 19, 2014, in the Commonwealth Room at the DeSales University Center on the school’s Center Valley Campus. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Designed for members of law enforcement as well as parole and probation personnel, participants will gain practical knowledge and skills, including: handling digital evidence at a crime scene, technology trends for law enforcement, best practices for police/probation partnerships, and behavioral analysis for investigators.

Gregg O. McCraryGregg O. McCrary (right), a former FBI profiler and chief executive officer of Behavioral Criminology International, will deliver a keynote on how to avoid common cognitive errors that affect investigations. Steve Whalen, managing director  and founder of Sumuri, LLC, will present on the topic of digital forensics.

"This is a unique opportunity to learn from experienced forensic professionals about emerging trends and important skills that go beyond basic training,” said Dr. Katherine Ramsland, director of the MACJ Program at DeSales.

Cost of the conference is $55 and breakfast and lunch is provided. For more
information or to register, call 610.282.1100, ext. 1466, or visit www.desales.edu/ lawenforcementCONF

Speaker Bios

As an FBI agent Gregg McCrary served in various investigative capacities throughout the United States. He has analyzed crimes and crime scenes, constructed behavioral profiles of unknown offenders and provided threat analysis and dangerousness assessments. He conducted research regarding violent offenders and their crimes and continues to provide training in these matters throughout the world.

McCrary has authored numerous publications including The Unknown Darkness, Profiling the Predators Among Us with Ramsland, and he was a contributing author to the FBI’s Crime Classification Manual published in 1992 by Lexington Press. His work in violent crime has been highlighted in several television documentaries including The Mind of a Serial Killer produced by NOVA for the Public Broadcasting System. This documentary was nominated for an Emmy Award as the best documentary of the year in 1992. 

Since retiring from the FBI in 1995, McCrary has provided expert testimony in civil and criminal litigation both nationally and internationally. He also provides expert commentary on multiple national media platforms, including NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel and A&E, among others.

He is an adjunct professor of forensic psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale and at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. McCrary’s holds a B.A. from Ithaca College and a Master’s Degree in Psychological Services from Marymount University. He has also done graduate work in Criminal Justice at Long Island University and the University of Virginia. 

Steve Whalen has developed and delivered forensic training to thousands of investigators and examiners around the world through organizations such as the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS), the High Technology Crimes International Association (HTCIA) and the US Department of State Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program. Whalen is also the developer of the successful Macintosh Forensic Survival Courses and PALADIN Forensic Suite. He has more than 16 years of experience in computer forensics and has provided training throughout North America, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Caribbean, Africa and Australia.

Detective Joe Pochron is a detective with the Upper Saucon Township Police Department and the commanding officer of the Lehigh County Computer Crimes Task Force. He is also on the Pennsylvania State Police Southeastern Computer Crimes Task Force.

Sally Keglovits is a retired United States probation officer, serving as officer-in-charge of the Allentown office and as a unit supervisor in Philadelphia. She has 25 years of experience in corrections, where she had direct supervision of a wide range of offenders including outlaw motorcycle gang members, sex offenders, and financial fraud.

Jeff Tomlinson is a retired Special Agent of the FBI with over twenty years of experience in organized crime, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism investigations. He served 18 months in the Office of the Director of the FBI in Washington, D.C.

Seth Weber retired from the United States Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia after serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia. Weber has prosecuted hundreds of federal criminal cases including drug conspiracies, drug gangs, environmental crime, white-collar crime and a variety of violent crimes.


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Tom McNamara
Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University
2255 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034

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Tom.McNamara@desales.edu